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Catch a flick under the stars at these outdoor cinemas

Coburg Drive-In

The Coburg Drive-In has a retro diner with serving food and cinema staples, the comfort of your own vehicle in which to make out (alongside 899 others), and the opportunity to see if Johnny Quarterback is finally going to ask you to the prom. Coburg.

Lunar Drive-In

The Lunar Drive-in Theatre Dandenong is the largest drive-in in Australia. Films are shown every day except Christmas Day and the Lunar Café is open every night before and during the shows. Dandenong.

Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema

Get yourself down to the historic grounds of Abbotsford Convent for happy hour at the bar and settle down for a night of cinematic magic. This summer's highlights run from docos (Salinger, Thu Dec 12) to childhood faves (The Karate Kid, Sat Dec 21), to art flicks (Frances Ha, Sat Jan 24) and grindhouse (Death Force, Mon Feb 17). Jan 2-Apr 2, Abbotsford Convent.

Moonlight Cinema

Saturday night live music sessions will be more than enough reason to get a big group of friends together this season. Bring a picnic or buy some street fare from the new LA-style food truck. Returning this season: Doggie Nights for pooches and their humans to catch a movie together, along with the usual cult classic nights and themed screenings. Tickets include options of 'gold grass' viewing and beanbags for hire. Dec 4-Mar 29. Royal Botanic Gardens.

Rooftop Cinema

The Rooftop Cinema is another tried and true movie buff hangout, with the clear night sky – despite its inner city placement. The chairs at Rooftop, one must add, are exceedingly comfy – a small but important difference. The summer season runs Dec 6-Apr 5. Rooftop Bar.

Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema

If there's anything finer than the seaside, beer, free ice cream and movies, we haven't experienced it. Thrillers include Gone Girl (Dec 1 & 4) and Jaws (Sun Dec 14); fun stuff includes Grease (Sun Dec 7) and Frozen sing-alongs (Sat Dec 13); while random faves include The Breakfast Club (Tue Dec 9) and Dirty Dancing (Tue Dec 16). Nov 30-Dec 21, St Kilda Sea Baths.

Hellenic Museum Greek Summer Cinema

Set up Athenian style in the garden pavilion at the inner-city Hellenic Museum. The big screen plays Greek-inspired films, from Zorba the Greek (Sun Mar 8) to Z (Sat Feb 21) and Never on Sunday (Sat Feb 7), and plenty in between. You can also quench the summer heat with some Gelateria Primavera from the Spring Street Grocer. Melbourne.

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Updated on 19 Dec 2014.

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